Any work that is residential building work under the Home Building Act 1989 which involves construction of a dwelling, or alterations or additions to a dwelling. It also includes repairing, renovating, decorating or applying protective treatment to a dwelling.
For licensing purposes, works considered to fall within the class of building include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Any contract for general building work can include any specialist work that is integral to the overall work, but such work must be carried out by the holder of an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in the relevant category of specialist work.
The current qualification and experience requirements, outlined below, commenced on 22 April 2016.
Applicants must show at least 2 years relevant industry experience in a wide range of building construction work where the majority of the experience was obtained within 10 years of the date on which the application is made.
“Experience” means experience gained by the applicant as:
|a)||an employee of, or|
|b)||a holder of a supervisor certificate and as a nominated supervisor for the contractor licence held by, or|
|c)||a holder of an endorsed contractor licence contracted to, or|
|d)||a holder of a supervisor certificate in the capacity of a nominated supervisor for a contractor licence held by an individual, partnership or corporation contracted to,|
the holder of a contractor licence authorising the holder to do the class of residential building work in which the experience was gained (“the Work”), where the applicant, during the relevant period, was:
NOTE TO APPLICANTS:
Applicants must provide their experience on relevant application forms which is the approved 'Referee Statement' form along with as many 'Applicant's Residential Building Experience' forms required to demonstrate the minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent relevant building experience.
The requirement for practical experience in a wide range of building construction work may include but is not limited to: experience that demonstrates the ability or capacity to competently manage the construction of residential building work on site in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, including dealing effectively with sub-contractors, consumers and other parties.
Relevant experience to meet the 2 year requirement may be obtained over an extended period depending on an applicant’s circumstances. Applicants must be aware that the experience that will be assessed by Fair Trading is in respect of the work performed on sites to a 2-year full-time equivalent under the supervision of a fully licensed builder (as detailed in the approved qualifications and experience above).
The majority of the sites must be for periods of time within 10 years of the application date to ensure the applicant meets the current requirements. Fair Trading will assess individual sites and will determine if the work performed is relevant and meets the requirements. When calculating two years’ site-based experience, overlapping sites can be considered but will be assessed as the one period of time.
To enable assessment of their total experience, the application should be lodged with complete information regarding all of the applicant's relevant industry experience in a wide range of building construction work. This may include as many Referee's Statement Forms and as many job sites required to reflect the full extent of the applicant’s experience.
Experience predominantly in singular trade work will not meet the experience requirements. Applicants should demonstrate experience across all stages of construction to satisfy that they have the capacity to do, coordinate and supervise general building work in the construction of a residential dwelling.
Experience as an Owner Builder or for the holder of an Owner Builder Permit is not acceptable to meet the requirements for an endorsed licence or certificate as a Builder.
The referee must have held a Qualified Supervisor Certificate or Individual Contractor Licence (Q) in the class of General Building Work issued by NSW Fair Trading during the period of time of the stated experience.
Failure to provide all relevant site based experience in a wide range of building construction work may result in the application being refused on initial assessment if the information provided does not demonstrate the necessary industry experience.
PLUS attainment of any one of the following qualifications or examinations:
1. Certificate IV in Building and Construction (BCG40106 or CPC40108 Building or CPC40110 Building) or (BCG40206 or CPC40208 Contract Administration) or (BCG40306 or CPC40308 Estimating) or (BCG40506 or CPC40508 Site Management) including all of the following units:
PLUS any of the following:
2. Degree in Building, Construction, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Applied Science (Building), or Quantity Surveying from an Australian University which requires the applicant to undertake the equivalent of 4 years’ full time study and a mandatory work placement.
3. If you have previously held a licence in the prescribed class of 'building' and you apply for a new licence within 2 years of the former licence's expiry, your previous licence will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements.
Note: A “degree” excludes an associate’s degree or an honorary degree.
Applicants holding a superseded qualification must show at least two years relevant industry experience in a wide range of building construction work where the majority of the experience was obtained within 10 years of the date on which the application is made (refer to the above ‘Note to Applicants’).
The following courses or qualifications will be accepted for the issue of a supervisor certificate or endorsed contractor licence for general building work if you either commenced or completed the course prior to 18 August 2008.
PLUS any of the following superseded qualifications:
To find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualification listed above, refer to the information on building licensing courses.